This is the caterpillar of the saturniidae moth. This is how they look like after the metamorphosis is complete.
Something taboo in America is for any interaction between insects and human food but in some parts of the world it’s either ok or even the opposite is true. “mochi” mostly refers to a ball of sweet rice dough and this is not typical of how it is made.
Scorpionflies have enlarged genitals that look similar to the stingers of scorpions. Scorpionflies are named because of the external male genitalia which resemble the stingers of scorpions. Scorpionflies cannot sting.
A preserved locust eating a mouse on display at the Natural History Museum, London. It’s more than 100 years old. It’s an African species called Ornithacris pictula. What would you do if you woke up with this on your pillow?
Cordyceps is a parasitic fungus that mainly attacks insects, takes over their minds, replaces their tissue, and sprouts stems that grow outside of the host body. These stems eventually release spores into the air, infecting other hosts. There are many different Cordyceps species, each for a separate species of insect.